Back-to-school time has arrived! Now is your last chance to get ready for the new year of classes, science projects, sports, and fun. Here are five tips for healthy vision this school year:

  1. Understand your kids’ current vision health.

It’s vital for everyone to start the school year on the same page when it comes to your kids’ vision. Ask your children about how well they see. Do they have difficulties bringing the world into focus? Do their eyes hurt, or do they often have headaches? These can be signs of vision problems, as can:

  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Holding books very close to their eyes
  • A tendency to tilt their head to one side
  • Short attention span
  • Eyes that don’t track together
  • Squinting, even when not in bright sunlight
  • Reading with one eye closed
  • Grayish-white shading in the pupil
  1. Buy protective eyewear for kids involved in physical activities.

Just as kids need padding, gloves, and other equipment to keep them safe while playing sports, their eyes need special equipment to stay safe, too. Ensure your kids have proper eye protection for doing physical activities.

  1. Overall good health is good eye health!

Taking care of your kids’ overall health is a fantastic way to take care of their vision health, too! Ensure they’re washing their hands often. Not only does this help keep illness away, it can also prevent germs that cause eye infections like conjunctivitis. Plan meals that have eye-healthy foods such as vegetables and fish. Pay attention to their screen time to give their growing eyes a break.

  1. Protect their eyes from the sun.

Arizona has an abundance of sunshine to enjoy. The gorgeous sunny days can lead to eye issues later in life. Guard your kids’ eyes against UV radiation with a good, durable pair of sunglasses.

  1. Schedule an annual eye exam!

It’s very important for kids to see a vision care professional yearly to assess how their eyes are growing. This appointment can also ensure your kids receive the glasses they need to see class material.

Protect Your Kids’ Eye Health at Valley Eyecare Center!

The vision care professionals at Valley Eyecare Center are invested in your kids’ good vision and health. Now is a great time to ensure your child has up-to-date glasses! You can contact us online, or give us a call at (602) 955-2700 to schedule an appointment!